• (RP) IPA: /dɪˈspɜːs/
  • (GA) IPA: /dɪˈspɜ˞s/

disperse (disperses, present participle dispersing; past and past participle dispersed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To scatter in different directions
    The Jews are dispersed among all nations.
    • 1611 King James Bible, Proverbs xv. 7
      The lips of the wise disperse knowledge.
    • Two lions, in the still, dark night, / A herd of beeves disperse.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To break up and disappear; to dissipate
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To disseminate
  4. (physics, transitive, intransitive) To separate rays of light etc. according to wavelength; to refract
  5. (transitive, intransitive) To distribute throughout
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: disseminarere
  • Portuguese: disseminar
  • Russian: распространя́ть
Translations Translations Adjective


  1. Scattered or spread out.

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